CTV building collapse in the Feb 2011 earthquake killed 115 people…

A Japanese urban search and rescue team at the...
A Japanese urban search and rescue team at the ruins of the CTV building, Christchurch, 24 February 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man involved in the design of Christchurch‘s fatally flawed CTV building did not reveal his involvement when he reapplied for chartered status following its collapse, a disciplinary hearing has been told.

The Institution of Professional Engineers is investigating David Harding, who helped design the building which collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake killing 115 people.

Rescue workers on the site of the collapsed CTV building.Rescue workers on the site of the collapsed CTV building.

Photo: AFP

The Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) is taking the action following complaints from bereaved family members represented by Tim Elms and Maan al Kaisi.

A report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes in 2012 found that the building had serious design and construction flaws, as Mr Harding was working “beyond his competence”.

He was found to have been left largely unsupervised by principal Alan Reay, despite his limited experience designing multi-level buildings. Mr Harding quit IPENZ just days before this hearing.

On Monday, the panel was told that Mr Harding applied for a renewal of his chartered status in July 2011, but didn’t tell his assessors of his involvement with the CTV building design.

IPENZ investigator Peter McComb said that by omitting this involvement, Mr Harding breached a professional code of conduct that says engineers must act with honesty, objectivity and integrity.

Mr McComb said the consequences of CTV’s structural failure were so catastrophic that Mr Harding had duty to act with integrity and bring this issue to the notification of the professional body.

Harding excused on medical grounds

David Harding has been excused from attending the hearing for medical reasons. In an affidavit, he told the panel that his mental and physical health are at extremely low ebbs and his memory has deteriorated.





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